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Re: Dino reference books
> I'm interested that no one on the list has mentioned Robert Carroll's
> _Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution_. Though somewhat dated (pub.
> 1988) this is an exhaustive encyclopedia covering vertebrates from the
> time of their inception to the present. I particularly like the book
> because it gives a great deal of info not only on dinos but also on
> their contemporaries, making it much easier to get an overall picture of
> what the Mesozoic looked like. Does anyone else have this book and/or
> any thoughts on it?
Yes, Carroll's epic tome still has a prominent place on my bookshelf.
It's quite incredible. It indeed offers information about almost
all fossil vertebrate 'groups', from captorhinids to therocephalians,
antiarchs to multituberculates, microsaurs to mesonychids, has a
wealth of accurate illustrations, often from the primary literature,
and is very well referenced. Yet in concept it is a bit in old
style, such as a eighties version of Romer's Vertebrate Paleontology,
with some kind of a 'pre-cladistic' way of grouping taxa, a kind
of 'who is who' in fossil vertebrates; there's quite little phylogeny
in it. But it still is the best place to start if you're looking for
information about other vertebrates than dinosaurs.
I personally love the book and I'd very welcome a new edition.